My Monday morning this week was truly blessed by the column from Renee Hand Morris. As a reader of The Times for 19 years, I have always treasured the human interest stories by excellent local writers including Renee, Mildred Speights, Tack Cornelius, Tom Nichols, Harris Blackwood and others. They consistently touch my heart in ways that no other section of the paper can hope to do.
How many flat screen TV's were bought with taxpayers' money for the new public safety building? How many jobs could have been saved in construction costs? And now we're paying for a bridge to nowhere being built in town.
Many folks in the county have criticized Hall County commissioners for not looking at the long-term implications and costs of their decisions over the past couple of years.
On June 6, the Georgia Mountain Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, a group of active, retired and former military officers, sponsored a golf tournament at Lake Lanier Islands for Wounded Warriors (wounded service members of any war or conflict) to raise funds for Homes for Troops, Fisher House and Wounded Warrior Transition and related programs. The chapter will donate more than $30,000 to those programs.
I went to the Job Fair and Career Expo on Wednesday at the Georgia Mountains Center. Wow. There are some people in this town that need to get a grip on reality.
I would urge Gov. Nathan Deal to stand by his guns on the illegal immigrant bill that was passed. One viable solution to this labor problem is to look to those getting unemployment benefits. I would suggest before one more penny is paid in benefits, all the peach crops and vegetable crops would have to be picked.
I recently wrote a letter about the election of Nathan Deal and his subsequent failures. It has since come to my attention that people took my comments to mean that I think our teachers and citizens are stupid. This is absolutely not the case.
Regarding the recent letter by Mike Scupin, "Americans need to learn truth about health law," he says, "In its final form, (Obamacare) will place bureaucrats between you and your doctor and with that, the loss of the freedom you have to choose what service and doctor you prefer. It will simply disappear."
On the front page of your Tuesday edition, you had a picture of Ricardo Lascares holding a sign that read "justice for all."
Everyone should have to read John Stossel's editorial about spending printed in The Times on Monday. I mean everyone from our esteemed elected officials down to the everyday man, woman and child.
We have had several public meetings at various locations across the county. I think the consensus is that a public uproar has occurred. I think I can speak for everyone that reads this commentary.
Recently, a friend and I attempted to attend a meeting at the Georgia Mountains Center in an effort to be better informed about the county's budget woes. We arrived about 15 minutes prior to the scheduled meeting time and, to our surprise and disappointment, we were refused entrance to the meeting along with several hundred other taxpayers. I mention this to let the reader know I am ill-informed due to no fault of my own. However, please bear with an ill informed taxpayer's perspective.
How many of the commissioners would consider working with pay and forfeit their salaries to help the budget?
On a recent Saturday morning, I decided to take my little dog for a walk at God and Chicopee's greatest gift to Gainesville, Chicopee Woods hiking trails. What a way to start the day, breathing the fresh air and enjoying the new spring growth.
The letters to the editor in Saturday's Times provided the clearest possible illustration of the depths to which the Republican anti-tax obsession has degenerated.
The National and Southeastern Corrugated Steel Pipe Associations are responding to the Oct. 12 Times article explaining code changes in Hall County for culverts and stormwater pipes that excludes all types of metal pipe from "live streams" (perennial) and "under county roads."
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I am writing to congratulate Northeastern Judicial Circuit Juvenile Court Judge Mary R. Carden on her upcoming retirement next month and thank her for her 16 years of judicial service and nearly four decades as an active member of the State Bar.
A quote from our "constitutional scholar in chief" at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee event on Nov. 24: "The biggest barrier and impediment we have right now is a Congress, and in particular a House of Representatives, that is not focused on getting the job done for the American people."
I would like to applaud Gov. Nathan Deal for his planned cash infusion into the Department of Family and Children's Services. Case workers at DFCS have long been overworked and underpaid, resulting in their leaving. When they leave, cases that are not finished get passed on to a new caseworker. This slows down the process of getting a child into permanent placement. This is not good for children already in crisis.
Ever since John F. Kennedy became a prominent public figure, political pundits and rhetorical scholars have attempted to dissect why he captivated audiences so compellingly during his thousands of speeches, press conferences and interviews.
On Nov. 20, I locked my keys in my car on E.E. Butler Parkway. I called the Gainesville Police Department and they sent out an officer to help me. He wasn't able to get it unlocked, so they sent out another officer. He wasn't able to, either, but the third officer was finally able to unlock my door for me. Maj. Sherman, especially, was so helpful.
Having read George C. Kaulbach's letter of Nov. 15, I thought some real data would help him and others understand global changes. NASA has been measuring sea level using satellites. From 1994 through 2012, sea levels have risen over 2 and a quarter inches, not 1 or 2 inches over the last 100 years. A chart can be found here. The rate of increase is a constant and sharply define rise. ...
I read about the phone scams in particular that affect older people and think how on earth people decide who to tell what to and how much to tell.
With all the news about how much the Glades Reservoir project is going to cost, I have yet to see an explanation of how it adds one drop to our water supply in times of drought, which is the reason given for it being built.
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